Former American Linen Supply Company
December 2014 Fact Sheet
Former American Linen Update: Cleanup Action Completed at Brownfield Site
Action has been completed to address the contamination related to the Former American Linen Supply Company Facility site ("Site") located at 822 Seneca Street, Buffalo, Erie County under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Please see the map for the site location.
The cleanup activities were performed by AmeriPride Services, Inc. ("applicant") with oversight provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The applicant has submitted a draft Final Engineering Report for DEC review which states that cleanup requirements have been or will be achieved to fully protect public health and the environment for the proposed site use.
Highlights of the Site Cleanup
- Excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 13,700 tons of soil and concrete contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) above the Protection of Groundwater Soil Cleanup Objectives (SCOs) during interim remedial measure and remedial action cleanup activities.
- Placement of a cover system to allow for a commercial or industrial use of the site. The cover consists either of pavement or a clean soil cover in areas where the upper one foot of exposed surface soil exceeded the applicable soil cleanup objectives (SCOs). The soil cover was placed over a demarcation layer, with the upper six inches of the soil of sufficient quality to maintain a vegetation layer. Two closed-in-place 20,000 gallon underground storage tanks remain onsite and are beneath concrete. The current pavement cover in areas outside the former building footprint will be maintained.
- Institutional Controls including an Environmental Easement with prohibited groundwater use and Site use restricted to commercial or industrial;
- Site Management Plan that includes provisions for a Site-wide inspection program to assure the institutional/engineering controls (IC/ECs) have not been altered and remain effective;
- Excavation Work Plan to assure that future intrusive activities and soil/fill handling at the Site are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner;
- Groundwater Monitoring Plan to assess the performance and effectiveness of the remedy. The plan includes, but may not be limited to monitoring of groundwater to assess the performance and effectiveness of the remedy; and
- Soil Vapor Evaluation prior to construction of any future buildings on-site.
When DEC approves the Final Engineering Report, it will be made available to the public (see "Where to Find Information" below). DEC then will issue a Certificate of Completion which will be announced in a fact sheet that is sent to the site contact list.
The applicant(s) would be able to redevelop the site after receiving a Certificate of Completion. In addition, the applicant(s):
- Would have no liability to the State for contamination at or coming from the site, subject to certain conditions; and
- Would be eligible for tax credits to offset the costs of performing cleanup activities and for redevelopment of the site.
A Certificate of Completion may be modified or revoked if, for example, an applicant does not comply with the terms of its Brownfield Cleanup Agreement with DEC.
Location: The Former American Linen Supply Company Facility property is located in an urban area at 822 Seneca Street in the City of Buffalo. The site is located on the west side of Lord Street is bound to the north by Seymour Street and the south by Seneca Street.
Site Features: The site is located in an urban area of mixed commercial and industrial use. The on-site building has been demolished. The site is completely fenced in.
Current Zoning: The site is currently zoned for light industrial use.
Historical Use: The site was used as a book binding and printing facility from 1910 to 1978. In 1978, AmeriPride Services took over the property. Coverall Service and Supply Co., a uniform dry cleaning facility operated from 1978 to 1985. A portion of the facility was used by Thorner Sydney Press until 1997. All laundry operations ceased in April 2004. In 2005, the site was used by a vehicle maintenance shop. The site contained five underground storage tanks (USTs) at one time. The USTs contained liquids such as gasoline, diesel, No. 6 oil, waste oil, heating oil, and alcohol. Three tanks have been closed in-place, and two have been removed. A sixth tank, a heating oil tank was formerly present in a vault in the former basement building and filled with concrete. That tank was removed during building demolition activities.
Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The site is generally flat and unconsolidated geologic materials (soil) encountered at the site range in thickness from approximately 15 to greater than 20 feet thick. Soils at the site consist of fill materials overlying native soil. The fill materials include gravel, sand, silt, clay and varying amounts of anthropogenic materials such as bricks, clinker, glass, plastic, etc. The native soils consist of lacustrine silt and clay. Bedrock underlying the site consists of Devonian Onondaga Limestone. Groundwater elevation data suggest that groundwater flows south toward the Buffalo River, which is located less than one mile from the site.
Current Conditions: In 2012, the on-site building was demolished, contaminated soils were removed from the site under an interim remedial measure, and excavated areas and basement areas were backfilled. Currently the remedial investigation is underway.
Brownfield Cleanup Program
New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield is any real property that is difficult to reuse or redevelop because of the presence or potential presence of contamination.
Where to Find Information
Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed.
NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
(Call for appointment)
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Attn: Carol Batt
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Who to Contact
Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:
Project Related Questions:
NYS DEC, DER
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
Site-Related Health Questions:
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
Development Related Questions:
Haley & Aldrich of New York
200 Town Centre Dr., Suite 2
Rochester, NY 14623
For More Information
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Aerial view of American Linen brownfield site